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Medigram: August 1, 2013

Top Story

House committee votes to repeal SGR,
allow access to Medicare data

In a rare vote of bipartisanship in Washington, DC, the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted 51-0 Wednesday to approve a bill that repeals Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. Read more.

News Briefs

Society testifies at worker’s comp hearing
The Wisconsin Medical Society was one of a limited number of invited speakers at a rare July state legislative committee hearing Wednesday. Read more.

Policy about Medicare payments
for incarcerated patients under review

Due to strong concerns from the American Medical Association (AMA), Wisconsin Medical Society and other state associations, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is reviewing its policy regarding services provided to Medicare patients who were incarcerated when the services were provided. Read more.

Raw milk bill introduced
State Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) introduced legislation Wednesday that would allow sales of unpasteurized (raw) milk to consumers, loosening current law which generally bars such sales.
Read more.

Earn PQRS incentive, avoid 2015 penalty
Physicians and other eligible professionals (EPs) who successfully participate in the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2013 will receive an incentive payment of 0.5 percent of the total allowed Medicare covered charges for the year. Read more.

Most fishermen in study aware of fish
consumption advisories, journal article says

Almost all of the men 50 and older who responded to a survey about fish consumption knew about mercury-based advisories while 67 percent were aware of advisories related to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) found in fish, according to a report in the current issue of WMJ (vol. 112, no. 3). Read more.

Geriatric medicine course is
September 8-11; earn CME

Physicians and other health care professionals are invited to participate in the Wisconsin Update in Geriatric Medicine and Board Review Course from September 8 to 11 in Lake Geneva. Read more.


Wertsch talks about Medicare on AMA video
Wisconsin Medical Society Past President Paul Wertsch, MD, is featured on an American Medical Association (AMA) video about transitioning to a higher-performing Medicare program. Read more.

Foundation Focus

White Coat Campaign goal reached
The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation thanks the many Society members, county medical societies and health care groups that participated in this year’s White Coat Campaign. Read more.